I've been reading through the threads for help with my duck and eggs and have found it very helpful, however I am still confused about the whole process and hope you all can help. My muscovy duck has been laying one egg every day, and I took the first batch since it was her first lay and I wasn't sure about having ducklings around. I have since lost my drake to a fox (about a week ago) so I've let the eggs go hoping they may hatch and have some of Spunky's (that was the drake) personality live on. So right now she has 16 eggs, sets on them at night, and covers them during the day. She has lost some color, and she squeaks? instead of the cooing she did before. She has also become more distant toward me-doesn't come up and is kind of offish when I pick her up (which I do only at night right now to get her in the coop since I know they get tender and you can hurt them by picking them up during mating season). So my main question is-how long should I wait to see if she will get broody and set on the eggs full time and is that when day 1 is considered or should I candle the eggs before then to see if they are fertile? I really don't want to disturb her nest anymore than I have to but I am concerned she may not set since it is her first year at this so I'd like to try and hatch them on my own if she won't. Any help would be greatly appreciated and any advice to help her along I'll take!